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Somatic Teacher Training

​Mason Gross Dance offers two distinct somatic teacher training programs—Pilates and Yoga—which provides the Rutgers University and extended community valuable certification in specialized content knowledge and skills.

Polestar Pilates

Polestar Pilates is an industry leader in research-based Pilates practice. In the training, participants learn how to embody, plan, and teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced Pilates sessions to meet the varied needs of fitness clients in private, semi-private, and group fitness settings. Topics include client fitness screenings; Polestar principles of movement (an online course taught by Polestar founder Dr. Brent Anderson); Polestar lesson design and sequencing; movement cueing (verbal, imagery, tactile); and movement precautions and their modifications for special populations.

For more information, visit Polestar Pilates or contact Frederick Curry.

Female student doing yoga pose on two hands with legs pointed forward

Yoga Teacher Training

Summer 2024, Weekdays, May 28, 2024 – June 28, 2024. Students and community members alike are welcome to participate in an immersive 200-hour yoga teacher training program designed to elicit knowledgeable, inspired and compassionate yoga teachers. With a strong foundation in anatomy and embodied alignment and the tools to find our unique voice and individuality, our well-rounded program provides students with room for creative exploration and self-discovery.  Built into the training is the opportunity to study with various guest teachers with expertise in Yoga Tune-Up, Harmonium, Meditation and Mantra, and various yoga styles.

For more information, contact Taryn Vander Hoop.



Movement Classes Through the Integrated Dance Collaboratory (IDC)

The Mason Gross School of the Arts Integrated Dance Collaboratory (IDC) researches and promotes the role of dance as an effective intervention for public health, wellness, education, and the professionalization of integrated dance arts. The IDC accomplishes this mission by offering two distinct movement classes for our community living with Neuromuscular conditions and for our Neurodivergent community. The IDC believes:

DANCE, as a holistic experience, helps the body reconnect damaged nerve cells.

DANCE supports existing neural pathways and helps to create new, alternative neural pathways to replace those that have been lost.

DANCE increases body awareness using rhythmic counts and patterned steps. This new awareness supports greater movement function; safer encounters in your home, work and recreational environments; and overall better brain health.

Dance for Parkinson’s and Neuromuscular Conditions

Movement classes support:

  • Parkinson’s disease and additional Parkinson’s syndromes, Ataxia and Dystonia
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Tic disorders; Essential Tremor
  • Huntington’s disease; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease; Dementia
  • Different types of arthritis
  • Any persons with a congenital condition from birth, or expressed later in life, or an acquired neuromuscular disability of any kind

Movement classes include:

  • Working on habitual patterns while seated in a chair
  • Standing behind a chair
  • Moving safely across the floor
  • Working with partners and the group to create dance together to enjoyable music that helps the body and the mind to reconnect

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, for those who feel socially isolated for any reason, our classes encourage a feeling of community while dancing with others.

All classes are free and are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays during the fall, winter, spring, and summer seasons. In-person and remote options are available. For more information, please contact Natalie Schulz-Kahwaty at or call 848-932-1367.

Dance/Movement Class for Neurodivergent People

Fall Dance Classes for Parkinson's and Other Neurological Conditions

September 16, 23, 30

October 14, 21

November 4, 11, 18

December 2

Fall Special Events
  • October 28: “MOVING FORWARD”: Dance for Parkinson’s Annual Symposium
    • 11 AM–12 PM: Pamela Quinn Masterclass
    • 12 PM–12:45 PM: Catered Lunch
    • 1–1:45 PM: Symposium panel on “GaitKeeping” Study, including Colin O’Connor, PD Movement Lab; Natalie Schultz-Kawahty and Jeff Friedman, Integrated Dance Collaboratory, and Roseanne Dobkin, Psychiatry/RWJ Medical School, facilitated by Pamela Quinn, PD Movement Lab
    • 1:45–2 PM: Q&A with audience; special announcements and concluding remarks
  • December 9: Pamela Quinn’s “Coping Strategies” Master Class
Fall Dance Classes for Neurodivergent People
  • First 5-Week Session: September 16, 23, 30; October 14, 21
  • Second 5-Week Session: November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9

Supported in partnership with Rutgers Community Arts and Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS). This dance/movement class uses dance steps and music from many genres, including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and ballet, plus visual imagery and creativity to encourage neurodivergent participants to be in the moment. Our goal is for participants to experience movement that stimulates the mind and the body in a safe and supportive environment.

Rutgers welcomes any undergraduate and graduate student and non-Rutgers adults ages 22 and up, including young adults, middle-aged and elder adults, self-identifying as neurodivergent. Classes are scheduled 1-2 p.m. Saturdays. The classes are grouped in sessions of 5 and run twice for a total of 10 classes during the fall, winter, spring, and summer seasons.